Encouraging youth to develop a passion for birds and the environment is a top priority for two Red Rock Audubon members. That is why they will provide annual funding for a summer camp experience for teens at Audubon's Hog Island Camp in Maine. The RRAS Board has established a scholarship program for that purpose.
This summer the first recipient will experience a week of nature participating in the Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens Camp, birding from Borestone Mountain Sanctuary to Hog Island, Maine.
This intensive 5-night program will cover boreal to coastal bird species in Maine. Campers will spend part of the week at Maine Audubon's Borestone Mountain Sanctuary looking for northern Maine bird species. The remaining part of the week they will stay on Hog Island and explore the coast for shorebirds, nesting species, and puffins! A service component will be included during the week so that teens can be hands-on and a tour of the Mad River Decoys by Audubon will be provided, including a paint-your-own decoy activity. Teens will learn about conservation projects around the world and see how decoys are produced to bring back species. An emphasis will be placed on creating field notebooks throughout the week.
A wide variety of programs for teens are available at Hog Island. If you are a teen interested in birds or know such a teen, visit hogisland.audubon.org for more information.
Applications for a teen scholarship from RRAS for camp the summer of 2021 will be available this fall.
Written by Nancy Chang
Photographs by Erin Murtaugh
Camp information from Hog Island website